A product of De La Salle school, he grew up as an Evertonian, and went on to play 473 times for the club, scoring 59 goals, and was part of the 1977 League Cup squad to reach the Wembley final, captaining the side he loves, Mick was a talisman, a leader and someone that when things got tough, would lead from the front for teammates and supporters alike!
No more evident was this than when he would often convert to a striker when Everton needed a goal to save a game, he’d be there bandaged up, going in where it hurt.
Mick was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in October 2000 it affects his memory and he can get lost and very disoriented at times. He get’s confused now with every day living, his condition is worsening and life can be a struggle at times.
Mick has been living in Australia for a number of years now only getting to see friends and family back home on rare occasions.
He was desperate to come home to see Goodison Park, his Everton friends and family for what is likely to be his last time due to the nature of this terrible and debilitating disease. Mick is getting the medical care and attention in Australia and it is beneficial for Mick to still live over there, especially when illness progresses. They also felt it would benefit Mick if he came over and saw old familiar surroundings and friends.
Daughter Francesca hoped and prayed to bring her dad home to see the Club which has always meant the world to him, but it’s proved very expensive. Mick has been back to attend a few games and meet as many Blues fans as possible. It’s our turn to show our gratitude to help Francesca with the costs.